Why do we have a School's Council?
The School’s Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupil and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views of all the other pupils they represent.
As there are so many classes now in Ashton Gate, we are running two School Councils; KS1 supported by Mrs Fradgley and KS2 supported by Miss Edwards. We aim to meet at least once per term and hold a few joint school meetings throughout the year.
We are still managing to meet as a school council in a very different way this year- meetings take place a year group at a time but already this year’s councillors have been vital in gaining feedback from their peers to inform a well-being report to submit to Mr Jones and the Governors and have also made a list of plans they want to achieve in the new year. Watch this space!
Over the years, the School Council have done an amazing job to help make a difference to the school. Some of their bigger projects have included making Playground 'Chill out boxes', organising and helping to paint friendship benches for the playground, organised and advertised a whole school BBQ, helped to design the menus for the kitchen, submitted plans for new playground equipment (including the graffiti in the Upton playground), road safety audits, new PlayPod equipment, names for the new houses and improved signage in the toilets.